The Elkin Buckin’ Elks soccer team earned its first conference win of the season on Monday night against West Wilkes. The Elks came away with a 3-2 win to move their overall record to 2-7, and their conference record to 1-0.
The first half saw the Elks come out hard against the Blackhawks, as the Elks controlled most of the possession in the opening minutes. In the 13th minute, the Elks had their first real opportunity on goal as they earned a free kick just outside of the 18-yard box. Said Islas stepped up the take the kick, but it was stopped by the West Wilkes wall. The Blackhawks took advantage of the space they had earned from the free kick and went for the counter-attack. Luckily for the Elks, Daniel Soos was in a defensive position to make a stop for the Elks.
In the 15th minute, the Elks scored their first goal of the night as Islas found the back of the net from a Juan Anuario throw-in. Anuario’s ball found the feet of Islas who beat two defenders then slotted the ball past the West Wilkes keeper to give the Elks a 1-0 lead.
The scoring wasn’t done for Elkin, as Islas once again found the back of the net with nine minutes left in the first half. Islas had given the Elks a 2-0 lead going into the final minutes of the half. With the clock winding down, the Buckin’ Elks didn’t let off the gas. In the finals seconds, Elkin’s Jack Turner found the back of the net after a scramble in the box. The ball landed at Turner’s feet, who wasted no time striking the ball and giving Elkin a 3-0 lead at the half.
The second half the Elks put it on cruise control, and the Blackhawks took advantage. In the opening minutes of the second half, West Wilkes’ Leny Lopez gave the Hawks their first goal of the night and cut Elkin’s lead to two goals. Less than six minutes later, West Wilkes scored another goal, this time it was Noah Triplett who found the net.
With the Hawks closing in on the Elks, Elkin knew they had to change their defensive tactics to make it out with the win. The Elks did just that, as they stepped up their aggressiveness and won every ball that came their way. When the final whistle blew, Elkin had earned a hard fought 3-2 win over West Wilkes.
The Elks’ next game will be Wednesday night against Ashe County, kick off is set for 5:15 p.m.